For children: NOTHING TO DO? TAKE YOURSELF ON A POETRY WALK!

Rule#1--Keep your eyes and ears and heart open.

Rule#2 Carry a pencil and a small notebook

Walk to a neighborhood park, or to your own backyard, or simply around your block.

What do you see? A red ball, perhaps? A pigeon? An old sneaker? A man selling hot dogs? A tangle of roses? Write what you see in your notebook.

What do you hear? The crunch of cinders underfoot? A screen door slapping? A car horn? A bird chirping? The patter of a cat? Write what you hear in your notebook.

How do the things you see and hear make you feel? Happy? Lonely? Curious? Peaceful? Scared? Full of wonder?Write what you feel in your notebook.

Later, when you are back home, quiet and alone, look through your notebook. What words, what images tug at your heart? Write these images into poems or pieces of poems.

Here are some jottings from my own poetry walks: goats nibble November grass....
the sun is golden soup, so hot...a garden spider climbs the chives...
dark bones of winter trees....
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